Urgent Message: Oppose Airline Efforts to Control ATC System
Though a last minute amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill (H.R. 4) being considered in the U.S. House, Chairman Shuster and the big airlines are seeking to create an advisory council that will effectively control our nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. This is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to give control of the system to the big airlines and we must take action today.
The House will consider H.R. 4 tomorrow, so please contact Congress now and let them know you are opposed to creation of the Aerospace Management Advisory Council in Section 5 of the manager’s amendment.
Our major concerns with the Advisory Council are:
April Cockpit Corner.pdf
Continuous Random Airport Vehicle Inspections on the HPN SIDA
In response to a TSA Security Directive, effective immediately, all vehicles vehicle operators and passengers will be subject to inspection prior to entering the Security Identification Display Area (SIDA) at the terminal building. To expedite the inspection process all vehicle operators must notify Airport Operations prior to entering the SIDA. Contact Airport Operations by dialing (914) 995-4850 or use your vehicle radio to contact Unicom on VHF frequency 122.95. Click the link below to view the full bulletin and SIDA diagram.
WAA/ATC Quarterly Meeting Recap/March 2018
On the morning of March 28, the WAA hosted a meeting with a mix of corporate and light general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers, to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. Leading the meeting were WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Mike Wold,, (Air Traffic Manager/HPN), Demisha Vega (ATC supervisor), Terry Ryan (Traffic Management, NY Tracon) and Jon Norris (Traffic Management, NY Tracon).
Please mark your calendars: our next quarterly meeting will be on Monday June 11, 2018,at 7:30 pm .
The focus of the meeting was on SWAP and other routings for corporate operators out of the Westchester area. Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:
ATC first began using ADS-B at selected sites in the United States in 2010, and the FAA has steadily expanded integration and use throughout the NAS. There are still some TRACONS in the NAS that require modernization to be able to utilize ADS-B, but the FAA is on track to enable ADS-B use at these remaining facilities before the 2020 mandate.
The FAA’s ADS-B network collects your broadcasted ADS-B information and passes it to the ATC automation system. ADS-B data is then combined with other surveillance data (where available), to create a single track of your aircraft for the controller’s display.
ADS-B messages contain many different information elements that are combined and simplified for presentation to ATC in a way that supports their primary mission of maintaining safe separation of aircraft. This simplified presentation tells a controller whether an aircraft is equipped with ADS-B and whether ADS-B is contributing to the presentation. It does not give the controller any insight into how well the ADS-B is performing or if all information elements comply with the requirements of the ADS-B mandate. Therefore, we discourage pilots from asking controllers for ADS-B performance details since this can add to workload and frequency congestion.
Don’t Get Left in the Hangar. Equip Now!
There’s only 23 months remaining before the January 1, 2020 ADS-B Out equipage deadline.
For more information, please visit the Equip ADS-B website www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/.
March Cockpit Corner (002).pdf
The Westchester Aviation Association and the Academy of Aviation will award two aviation scholarships in 2018 for flight training totaling $10,000.00. The recipients will be announced at the WAA's Safety Day which is taking place on June 19th and 20th, 2018 at the Doral Arrowood.
The scholarship amounts will be awarded as a credit to be used at the Academy of Aviation flight school located at Westchester County Airport and must be used within one year of receiving the awarded amount.
Requirements: Anyone training towards a pilot certificate orrating may apply for a WAA scholarship. Veterans are encouraged to apply.
1. A typed essay is required and should include:
• Your aviation history and goals
• Where you hope to be in 5 years
• How this scholarship will help you achieve your objective and your present financial need
• What is the specific flight training that you are seeking to accomplish - Private pilot rating? Commercial pilot rating? etc.
• Include all educational scholarships, awards and honors that you have received
2. The scholarship is open to current and new prospective pilots. Please send in a copy of your pilot certificates if you have any.
3. Please include a copy of the last 2 pages of your log book if you have already started flying.
4. Also include a professional resume with your contact info.
The recipients of the scholarship will be awarded at the WAA Safety Day hosted at the Doral on June 20th, 2018 and are required to attend this event. In addition, the recipients of these scholarships shall be required to perform 6 hours of aviation volunteer service to give back to the aviation community.
Please submit all entries to:
Westchester Aviation Association, Inc.
PO Box 447
Purchase, NY 10577-0447
On December 11, the WAA hosted a meeting with a mix of corporate and light general aviation pilots, and air traffic controllers, to maintain open the lines of communication at the airport. Leading the meeting were WAA Board Member Scott Dyer, Demisha Vega (ATC supervisor) and Wycliffe Walcott (ATC Controller).
Although not scheduled yet, please watch the website for the next quarterly meeting date.
Below are highlights taken from the meeting to recap some significant information:
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Security Operations (OSO) Compliance Division, is updating the July 10, 2017 BOLO advisory notice based on continued attempts by this individual to access restricted areas and aircraft at multiple airports.
TSA is aware of numerous incidents involving a suspicious person attempting to gain unauthorized access to aircraft and facilities at primarily Fixed Based Operators (FBOs). The individual identified as Ahmed Olasunkahmi SALAU, aka SALAN, SALUH, Martinez Davon WELLS has reportedly visited several FBOs falsely presenting himself as either a passenger, employee or crewmember with the intent to gain unauthorized access to aircraft and/or facilities. TSA is also aware that the same individual may have also telephonically contacted FBOs in an attempt to gather passenger and aircraft data.
As a result, TSA is issuing this notice for your security awareness. Contact the TSOC at 877-456-8722 or 703-5633240 and local law enforcement if you suspect suspicious or fraudulent activity regarding this individual.
UPDATE: Since the original notice issued on July 10, 2017, TSA is aware of several additional FBO/GA encounters by SALAU. The attachment lists various activities conducted by SALAU. Click here for the attachment.
On Monday, Oct. 23rd at 0700 local time the airport will commence the Rehabilitation of Tower Road project. This project will involve construction personnel using excavation equipment and vehicles. Please use extreme caution when traveling on Tower Road and expect the road to be open at all times with Flagman coordinating traffic during all construction activities.
For more information, click here for the full bulletin.
Westchester Aviation Association is a non-profit organization.
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